Action star Michelle Yeoh stars in Everything Everywhere All At Once, a sci-fi adventure film from writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as The Daniels (Swiss-Army Man). The A24 pic opened this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Everything Everywhere All At Once also stars Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr. and Jamie Lee Curtis. Kwan and Scheinert produced with Jonathan Wang, The Russo Brothers’ AGBO and A24, with Ley Line Entertainment, IAC and Josh Rudnick exec producing.
“There’s a great evil spreading throughout the many [universes],” a character played by Ke Huy Quan states, “and you may be our only chance of stopping it.” Sounds like a lot of responsibility for a protagonist, Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), who is just trying to finish her taxes. As the character is suddenly thrust into a “multiverse,” she comes to recognize that there are thousands of versions of her spread across it, and that she can access the memories, emotions and skills of each.
Yeoh told EW that after meeting The Daniels, “I thought: these guys, they are evil geniuses, and I would love to work with them.” Yeoh did have one condition. “She was like, ‘I want to do it, but you have to change her name,'” says Scheinert. “I don’t want her to be named ‘Michelle.'” And the rest is history.
Yeoh, Curtis, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu and the directors came into the Deadline studio full of energy, and ready to gush over the film and new found friendships as a result.
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